Jerry West, one of basketball’s greatest players, dies at 86

Jerry West, who emerged from West Virginia coal country to become one of basketball’s greatest players, a signature figure in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers and a literal icon of the sport — his is the silhouette on the logo of the NBA, died Wednesday. He was 86.

U.N. report accuses both Israel and Palestinian groups of war crimes

GENEVA — A United Nations commission investigating the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and the subsequent conflict in the Gaza Strip has accused both Palestinian armed groups and Israel of committing war crimes, and the panel said that Israel’s conduct of the war included crimes against humanity.

US Southern Baptists condemn IVF procedure

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S., on Wednesday voted to condemn the use of in vitro fertilization, signaling the campaign by evangelicals against abortion is widening to include the popular fertility treatment.